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Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 12 Jun 2011 2:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Recently bought full version of AID. Images of census documents download well, but images attached as media to individuals in ancestry.com fail to download. Anyone else experience this? AID support is totaly nonresponsive after two weeks, but what can you expect for $10 license key cost? Still, not encouraging though.

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 8 Aug 2011 8:37PM GMT
Classification: Query
They actually refunded me the $10 along with the following:

Note from merchant
Ancestry have made changes to their website with an adverse effect on the software you purchased. As AID is the only independent backup for Ancestry data we are looking to resolve this, in the meantime we have refunded your purchase price.

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 13 Aug 2011 10:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Ah! That will explain the fact that the download page is currently offline (as of 13 August 2011).

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 1:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, it is a pain. I found a work around to the problem, but it took a while and is not really a good answer.

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 11:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
The link http://www.ancestryimagedownloader.com/ now leads to a Japanese page.
I would like to buy this program but I cannot find it.
Do you have any idea where I could buy it ..??
Thanks in advance for your answer.!

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 8:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
I think it is gone forever. Ancestry changed the way it wass structured, and AID stopped working. AID should have offered refunds at that point but I guess they just disappeared.

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 10:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your reply, so it seems impossilble to download images from ancestry.com connected with the family records.

Kind regards, Garmt and Henri Bik

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 11:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
I use the version of AID that I bought before the problem occurred but I have to kluge the GED file to make it work.

Ancestry should make a media version of the GED file, but they don't.

So right now I know of no solution to automate the downloading of images from ancestry. Definitely a need.

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 12:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanx again fr your reply.

Garmt and Henri Bik

Re: Ancestry Image Downloader

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 5:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Have you thought about buying Family Tree Maker 2012 (or waiting for 2013)? Pretty inexpensive way to download all attached tree content/media including census images. Also if you have FTM 2011 there's a way to get a .ged with all media attached.

Now about AID.

Earlier this year Ancestry changed their Terms and Conditions. The new Limited Use License, in my view, would expressly prohibit tools like AID.

“Bots, crawlers, spiders, data miners, scraping and any other automatic access tool are expressly prohibited.”

This may well be what happened to AID.

The new LUL specifically details how, and where to, “content” may be “downloaded”. While “content” isn’t specifically defined one would believe content to extend to not only images but also index data. Copying and pasting text data is scraping, falls outside of the LUL specified software allowed to “download” content and would therefore technically be against the LUL.

Further Ancestry also appears to have made it against the LUL to publish “content”, say on you personal website. Content can only be “downloaded” onto mobile or desktop devices.

“The Content may be downloaded onto mobile devices or desktop through the use of authorized Ancestry software. When downloaded, the Content remains subject to the limited use license contained in this Agreement.”

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